Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Saving a Starfish

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Saving a Starfish: I was doing a weighted walk on the beach this morning.  No one on this island community wakes up at 5:30 am, apparently. I wa...

Saving a Starfish





I was doing a weighted walk on the beach this morning. 
No one on this island community wakes up at 5:30 am, apparently.

I was standing in the surf with All Time Lows' new CD, Future Hearts on the I pod.
Sweat dripped off me in the sunlight while a cool breeze tried to console my hot skin.

I looked to where the waves break on the resort beach and saw a beautiful starfish.
It had washed to shore and was beginning to dry in the sun.

How cool would it be on a coffee table !! 
Much to my surprise when I picked it up it was still alive,
 It had just become trapped in the waves and washed ashore.
I could let it dry out in the sun. A couple days and boy,
 would it look cool on that coffee table.

 I threw it back out onto the reef.
 
 

 
It's hard to believe its been nearly 5 years since my many surgeries for diverticulitis.
Following each surgery I suffered from memory loss from the pain medicine.
During this time I needed training partners that would talk me through
 each drill, kata, mitt sequence ect. Like the starfish I had washed ashore helpless.
 
We all at different times in all our lives face adversity.
A stronger opponent, the death of a parent, the 'tragic breakup',
the loss of a job or a large sum of money.
 


You can choose to see the curse or the gift.
 And this one choice will determine if your life
 is a success story or one big soap opera.

 -Jon Gordon-


Have you ever faced negative people before?
Wait — who am I kidding? Of course you have! I know I have.
 
Unless you live in a cocoon, all of us have encountered one negative person in our life.
Negative people are everywhere, in our workplace, in social circles, or our family.
The challenge with dealing with negative people is that they tend to be draining.
 No matter what you say, they always have a negative opinion to offer..
 When they have a problem, they prefer to complain, rather than work out a solution.



 He dropped out of grade school and was home schooled.
He ran a country store, went broke.
 It took 19 years to pay off all his bills, but he did pay them off.

 He had a law firm, but his partner ran off and left him with debts.
 He was married, but his marriage flopped.
 His wife came down with mental illness and paranoia.
 He had a son who was physically weak and died at a young age.

 He ran for political office four times,
 twice for the house and twice for the senate,and lost all four times.
Ultimately, he held office but was despised by half the country.

Satirists and newsmen derided him on an almost daily basis.
Most audiences felt his speeches were hum-drum.
 His classic speech was met with indifference.

Who was he? Abraham Lincoln.

Whether your the 'starfish or the beach walker your day will come
 if you DON'T QUIT !!!



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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: RIP Bill Bauknecht

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: RIP Bill Bauknecht: Bill Bauknecht RIP              God Speed my friend. The warrior has fought the courageous fight.   The battle of the d...

RIP Bill Bauknecht


Bill Bauknecht RIP             God Speed my friend.





The warrior has fought the courageous fight. 
The battle of the dark night of the soul is won. 
New energy now fills the Warrior. 
A new path is now laid before them. 
A gentler path filled with the inner-knowing 
of one who has personal empowerment.





With their personal battle won, they are filled with joy. 
A new awareness that they are one with the Spirit beams 
as they go forth to show others the way. 
They are not permitted to walk the path for others. 
They can only love, guide and be a living example 
of the Truth of their being.







Thank you for being a mentor and a friend.

Robb Buckland

Monday, January 5, 2015

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Hide & Seek

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Hide & Seek: Succeed or fail at our process there are two sets of footprints in the sand . In fitness, life love and martial arts we hit plateaus and...

Hide & Seek

Succeed or fail at our process there are two sets of footprints in the sand.
In fitness, life love and martial arts we hit plateaus and we meet with failures,
It's not trying that is unacceptable.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating success
but true victory comes from heeding the lessons of failure.



Again this week suffering from writers block I turned to
 Denise 'Blogger of the Heart' Davis, who said,

Expecting better relationships by doing the same thing over and over is failing. 
If you want true, unconditional love there's only 'ONE' who can give you that.
Everyone else will fail you at some point in your life.
At your lowest points it's frustrating to only see one set of foot prints in the sand.



I've been blessed with a large pool of mentors.
Each time I hit a 'sticking point' I turn to one for explanation and / or motivation.
More often than not the 'truth' we seek is not as mysterious
 as most would have you believe.The 'trick' is to not 'buy the popcorn'.

In sales we say 'keep it simple stupid'.
Art Rabesas' explanation of 'power in-fighting' is the same.


Simple - Direct - having 'Violence of Action'







Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
 In the mean time we should behold the rain that descends on our vineyards,
 it enters the roots of the vines and changes into wine;
 A constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
 The rest will work itself out with trial and error ....
after all we are human and mistakes are what we do.







Friday, January 2, 2015

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Pleasure and Pain

Fearless Fitness/Martial Arts: Pleasure and Pain: Part II Once upon a midnight dreary,  while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—...